China has sent two giant pandas for a 10 year visit at two Canadian zoos, Toronto first, Calgary second.
China's use of these beasts always reminds me of a couplet I read years ago in a newspaper column. I wish I could remember the author - and the rest of the verse. But here's what I do recall:
Hail to the cuddly giant panda,
Sluggish slave of propangada.
Too true, alas. Here's hoping the pandas seize the opportunity to defect.
[Below: More pictures of pandas. Enjoy.]